We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Re the Russian collusion story: The Left really believed it. They really thought there was a secret conspiracy between Trump people and Putin people to work some secret magic to alter the 2016 election. They did not know the nature of this magic. In fact, it was probably supernatural, but the Left was sure it was real. This is something people outside the Progressive hive are just starting to realize. The Left really is that crazy.
People really believed those stories about Judge Roy Moore too. But now, months after the election some of the truth of the left's dirty tricks have come out. This is how the left wins elections. Don't under estimate them in the 2020 elections.
Clinically, the belief that someone is conspiring to keep bad people in or good people out precedes the specifics of who that is. It is founded on the idea that things are going unfairly and unreasonably wrong, so there must be some dark force behind it. This in turn happens because they cannot call their narrative into question, to modify it in the face of reality. We can even identify the parts of the brain this occurs in in psychosis. The story-comparing function is sometimes fully broken. More commonly, it is weakened, so that only dramatic, continuing, personal experiences can change it.
Clinging to a narrative is not a result, but a cause. Propaganda is effective because it makes change even more expensive, so thinking too hard is avoided.
Assistant Village Idiot